Ruff Electric Co-Owner Dies

Photo: Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel

The co-owner of a longtime Peoria business has died.

“Bud” Aubrey Ruff co-owned Ruff Electric with his wife for 30 years. Ruff died Friday at the age of 89.

According to an obituary from Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, Ruff was involved with the design of many athletic fields in the area, including Woodruff Park, Richwoods High School, IVC baseball fields and Bradley University softball and soccer fields. He also helped design the Bradley Wall of Honor at the Peoria Civic Center.

Ruff was also a recipient of the Neve Harms Meritorious Service to Sports Award.

Ruff, along with Paul Reatherford, co-founded Peoria Youth Boys Basketball.

Ruff’s wife preceded him in death. He is survived by three children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Among his grandchildren is Chillicothe native and Cleveland Indians pitcher Zach McAllister.

The obituary states a celebration of Ruff’s life will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at First English Lutheran Church in Peoria. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. prior to the services.

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